St. John, Gift of Laurance Rockefeller

Thanks to Laurance Rockefeller, St. John today is two-thirds National Park.

Thanks to Laurance Rockefeller, St. John today is two-thirds National Park.

As we continue to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service this year, we thought we’d share a little history about how St. John came to be a National Park.

Check out this terrific, short video from CBS Sunday Morning.

Happy Anniversary, National Park Service! And thank you, Laurance Rockefeller, for ensuring that our beloved island remains in pristine condition.

Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!

Today we mark the centennial of the National Park Service with a tribute to OUR favorite park: Virgin Islands National Park.

Jumbie Bay Beach in Virgin Islands National Park on St. John, USVI

St. John, USVI, is two-thirds national park.

St. John is two-thirds National Park. Whether you like white sand beaches, pristine blue water, the colorful and animated sea life underwater, or the lush greens of our forests and hiking trails, we’ve got it all.  Continue reading

Coral Bay: Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016

Coral Bay has made another list of best places to visit in 2016!

Coral Bay makes Smithsonian list of Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016.

Coral Bay makes Smithsonian list of Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016.

Smithsonian magazine has included our beloved funky town on its list of “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016,” praising its “quieter appeal, boasting miles of white sand beaches, with crystal clear waters for swimming and snorkeling, local pride, as well as some important historical sites.” Continue reading

St John Events

The Third Annual Coral Bay Bizarre Bazaar
December 12th, 11 AM to 4 PM
Pickles in Paradise, Coral Bay, St. Johnbizzare-Bazaar

On December 12th, the Coral Bay Bizarre Bazaar returns for its third year to Pickles In Paradise on Route 107 just past the Coral Bay Triangle. Hundreds of USVI residents and island visitors alike enjoyed this festive event of the season. Come and join us for non-stop music, dancing, eating, drinking, shopping, and a surprise visit from Santa Claus, all while helping support the Coral Bay Community Council.

The past two years have raised over $12,000 (annually) through fundraising raffles, contests, auctions, and a yard/plant and we hope to raise more in our third year. The CBCC has donated a portion of the last two years funds to the renovation of the Coral Bay Agriculture Center, in cooperation with the American Legion Post.

More entertainment! More shopping! More kids activities! More prizes! More Bizarre! More Bazaar! Each year, the event continues to expand.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING: Naughty or nice, find the prefect handcrafted island gift for everyone on your list. Browse the wares of vendors offering unique art, crafts, jewelry and edibles suited to every taste. Share your island life
with friends and family by shipping home locally made specialties.

Bizarre Bazaar Face Book Page

SANTA GIFTS: CBCC is getting the Coral Bay Carole Sing and Santa event on the basketball court again this year. Tentative Date is Dec 17th, 6:30 pm. Please buy some gifts for children in Coral Bay, wrap and drop by the CBCC office or bring that night – mark with Boy or Girl and age range appropriate. Get your neighbors together to come sing our traditional carols! Santa is on his way.

For more St John Events check out  Virgin Island On Line Events Page

Update on Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park

OOPS!!!! Our sincere apologies, but we made an error when scheduling the FULL MOON HIKE SEMINARS!!!!! Changes will be made to the seminar schedule on the website, but unfortunately the printed brochures/posters cannot be changed. SO SORRY!!!
NEW FULL MOON HIKE DATES ARE:
SUNDAY JANUARY 24
MONDAY FEBRUARY 22
WEDNESDAY MARCH 23
FRIDAY APRIL 22

Check out friendsvinp.org Events Calendar

Virgin Island National Park Events

Reef Bay Petroglyphs

Waters Edge Walk
EVERY MONDAY WEEKLY FROM 04/13/2015 TO 09/07/2015

Location: Leinster Bay Trailhead
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Fee Information: Free
Contact Name: Virgin Islands National Park Visitor Center
Contact Phone Number: 340-776-6201 ext. 238
This is a hands-on activity for the entire family. Shoes for wading help you get a better look and are recommended.
Student seashore walk
Meet at the Leinster Bay Trailhead.

Reef Bay Hike
EVERY MONDAY WEEKLY & EVERY THURSDAY WEEKLY AND EVERY FRIDAY WEEKLY FROM 04/13/2015 TO 08/13/2015

Location: Begins at the Park’s Visitor Center
Time: 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Fee Information: $30.00
Contact Name: Friends of Virgin Islands National Park
Contact Phone Number: (340) 779-8700

Archeology Lab
EVERY WEDNESDAY WEEKLY & EVERY THURSDAY WEEKLY FROM
01/07/2015 TO 09/03/2015

Location: Cinnamon Bay Acheology Museum
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Fee Information: Free
Arawak, Taino and Danish secrets uncovered throughout the park. See artifacts from ancient and historical eras and from several archeological digs within the park.

Discover Bird Watching
EVERY FRIDAY WEEKLY FROM 01/09/2015 TO 09/04/2015

Location: Francis Bay Trailhead
Time: 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Fee Information: Free
Contact Name: Visitor Center
Contact Phone Number: (340) 776-6201 ext. 238
Arawak, Taino and Danish secrets uncovered throughout the park. See artifacts from ancient and historical eras and from several archeological digs within the park.

For more information check here http://www.nps.gov/viis/planyourvisit/calendar.htm

Estate Zootenvaal–St. John’s East End Paradise

Estate Zootenvaal on St. John

St. John’s Estate Zootenvaal is nestled on the shore of pristine Hurricane Hole.

Are you looking for the “old island” experience on St. John? Then look no further than Estate Zootenvaal—or Zoot, as it’s affectionately called by the locals.

Way out on the stunning East End of St. John, Zoot has been family owned and operated for over 40 years. The property features four beautiful cottages— Sunrise House, Spinnaker House, Mangrove Cottage, and Turtle Watch House—the only buildings on the shores of the National Coral Reef Monument in pristine Hurricane Hole. Continue reading

Ready to SCUBA?

Virgin Islands National Park on CBS Sunday Morning

Virgin Islands National Park on CBS Sunday Morning.

Snorkeling and SCUBA diving are two of our favorite activities here on St. John. So we just loved this video from CBS Sunday Morning.

For a short little trip underwater to our Virgin Islands National Park, click on the link below.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/nature-marine-life-of-the-united-states-virgin-islands/

Makes you want to just dive right in, doesn’t it?

Coral Bay March Weekend

Make your way  from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at noon

SATURDAY March 14th:  FARMER’S MARKET by Emmaus Moravian Church – 10-2pm Mr. Leonard, the St. Thomas farmer who had a booth at the Coral Bay Bizarre Bazaar will be here selling his fresh vegetables and plants, along with Sharelle’s and Karen Samuel’s usual Saturday sale of local baked treats, jams and drinks.

Don’t forget the CORAL BAY OPEN  – This year’s “championship” golfing event will raise funds to get Aluminum recycling, can crushing operation up and operating.

Coral Bay St John VI

Coral Bay St John

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Good morning! Thought you’d like to share our St. John sunrise!

Sunrise at Caribbean Palm Villa

Sunrise at Caribbean Palm Villa, a new listing on St. John House Rentals.

Our love affair with our island burns bright all year long, but Valentine’s Day weekend is extra special.

As always, St. John’s Barefoot Minister, Anne Marie Porter invites couples to renew their marriage vows. The annual, and free, ceremony takes place on February 14th Continue reading

February events on St John

Love City Vow Renewal
Re-Marry Your Mate on Trunk Bay St. John Virgin Islands on Valentines Day for free.
Thank you Anne Marie Porter for creating this wonderful occasion.

The 19th Annual St. John 8 Tuff Miles Road Race is scheduled to start at 7:15am on Saturday February 28, 2015. For onlinke registration and more information visit http://www.8tuffmiles.com/